Distance runners tend to push their bodies to the edge of their ability and then wait for them to heal and recover. That’s what training is. It’s hard, but worth it. However, recovery may not always be easy. Below are some tips that will surely make it a better process:
a. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! After workout, begin by hydrating within the first 10-15 minutes of stopping.
b. Keep a post workout snack ready. Something like yogurt and granola, banana and peanut butter bagel with orange juice. Aim for a 4 to 1 ratio of carbohydrates to protein.
c. Stretch after your workout, it is a MUST. The stretching should ideally begin within 30 minutes of finishing your workout, and should last at least 10 minutes.
d. Ice bath. As miserable as it sounds, you will realise the pain was totally worth it, afterward.
e. Eat a balanced meal at least an hour or plus before your workout.
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